The WORST Episodes of Roseanne
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Nov 4, 2019
Network: ABC (US)
Roseanne is an American sitcom broadcast on ABC from 1988 to 1997 starring stand-up comedian Roseanne Barr. The show portrayed a working-class family struggling to get by on a limited income in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. Many critics considered the show notable as one of the first sitcoms to portray an American family in which economics necessitated two parents working jobs outside the home.
#1 - Roseambo
Season 9 - Episode 9
Roseanne battles a group of women-hating terrorists who hold her family and a foreign diplomat hostage on a train to Washington, D.C.
#2 - Sweet Dreams
Season 2 - Episode 8
Roseanne tries to get a few minutes of relaxation in the bathtub, but she ends up getting constant interruptions from her family--and a fantasy about two hunks.
#3 - The Fifties Show
Season 8 - Episode 6
The Conners find themselves going back in time in this spoof of 1950s sitcoms (shot mostly in black and white): Roseanne's a fussy hausfrau, Dan is a hapless businessman stewing over "the Anderson account," and Jackie's the wacky neighbor.
#4 - Hoi Polloi Meets Hoiti Toiti
Season 9 - Episode 8
A visit with the wealthy Wentworths on Martha's Vineyard gives the Conners a glimpse into new friend Astrid's dysfunctional family. And before long, the Conners are teaching the snobby elitists some truths about real life.
#5 - Sisters
Season 7 - Episode 16
Sibling rivalries fester when Jackie complains to Roseanne about D.J.'s annoying visits, and Roseanne lures Darlene home.
#6 - The Birds and the Frozen Bees
Season 7 - Episode 24
Roseanne has a bee in her bonnet over the possibility that David may like another girl better than Darlene -- who risks losing him if she doesn't take her mom's advice and act fast.
#7 - My Name is Bev
Season 7 - Episode 14
After Bev is charged with drunken driving, Jackie and Roseanne accompany her to a compulsory AA seminar. Her new resolve of sobriety on Super Bowl Sunday wreaks havoc with Dan's keg party.
#8 - Sherwood Schwartz: A Loving Tribute
Season 7 - Episode 26
A Gilligan's Island fantasy plays into the season finale, which finds Dan torn between pleasing Roseanne and building a boat for a future adventure. Dan becomes the Skipper, Leon becomes Mr Howell, Bev becomes Mrs Howell, Jackie becomes Gilligan, Darlene becomes Maryanne, and Roseanne becomes Ginger.
#9 - Couch Potatoes
Season 7 - Episode 25
Because the Conners have been selected as a Neilsen family, Roseanne decrees that their household viewing habits must change.
#10 - Out of the Past
Season 8 - Episode 15
While Nana Mary amuses Roseanne and Jackie with a box of their childhood treasures, Dan and his pals reluctantly play poker with Leon and Scott.
#11 - Lanford's Elite
Season 9 - Episode 16
At a party at the swank Lanford Country Club, Roseanne forges a surprising bond with Edgar Wellman, Jr., the son of her hated former boss. When he reveals some shocking news about the future of Lanford, Roseanne realizes she may be the only one who can save her hometown.
#12 - Thanksgiving '94
Season 7 - Episode 10
Thanksgiving is a real turkey at the Conner household when Roseanne gets alarming medical news she can't confirm with the pre-natal clinic, and Nana Mary arrives with a feeble husband on her arm -- then upsets Bev by discussing the two abortions Nana Mary had years ago.
#13 - The Truth be Told
Season 9 - Episode 21
Roseanne learns some truths about the price of fame when two high-powered television programmers bombard her with all sorts of bizarre ideas about how network and cable TV would tell her life story. Roseanne is appalled to learn that one wants to sanitize her life and the other wants to spice it up. At the same time, Bev is happily telling stories about Roseanne to a friendly florist, unaware that he is actually a tabloid reporter.
#14 - Arsenic and Old Mom
Season 9 - Episode 22
Dan's eccentric mom heads straight for Lanford after she's released from hospital, claiming to be cured. Problem is, Dan thinks she's trying to kill him.
#15 - Some Enchanted Merger
Season 9 - Episode 17
After they wrap up the Wellman Plastics buyout, Roseanne doesn't know what to do when she finds herself deeply attracted to Edgar Wellman, Jr., and realizes that he is equally bewitched by her.
#16 - Satan, Darling
Season 9 - Episode 7
Absolutely Fabulous glam gals Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley (in character as Edina and Patsy) are among the few down-to-earth participants in Roseanne's outrageous Halloween outing. They're guests at an Upper West Side soirée, where new multimillionaires Roseanne and Jackie have gained entrée into New York society. But for grandmother-to-be Roseanne, a witches' coven soon comes into play — a la Rosemary's Baby — and bizarre happenings begin to involve a very pregnant Darlene.
#17 - Bed and Bored
Season 7 - Episode 15
Roseanne feigns illness to get some rest, but grows bored instead; Jackie confronts Bev about having been a rotten mother to her.
#18 - The Getaway, Almost
Season 8 - Episode 7
Roseanne and Jackie's shopping trip with the baby becomes an outing a la Thelma and Louise after they give a lift to a rebellious teen, then force a trucker off the road.
#19 - Maybe Baby
Season 7 - Episode 11
Roseanne is warring with Dan and in a dither over her upcoming second medical test, which may require a difficult decision -- one she believes is hers alone to make.
#20 - Lies My Father Told Me
Season 6 - Episode 21
Roseanne helps Dan understand his dad's lying about his mom's mental state.
#21 - Punch and Jimmy
Season 7 - Episode 8
An impromptu visit to Darlene's apartment gives Roseanne a clear picture of what Jimmy is all about; meanwhile at home, Dan finds himself a bit fuzzy on parenting skills: D.J. is being beaten up by a bully, and taking it out on David.
#22 - Past Imperfect
Season 6 - Episode 20
When Dan's father misses an alimony payment, Dan and Roseanne argue about covering it; meanwhile, Fred becomes concerned about Jackie's sexual past.
#23 - Two Down, One to Go
Season 6 - Episode 1
Roseanne is suffering from empty-nest syndrome as Darlene heads for school. But after Darlene gets settled into her dorm, the two have a revealing mother-daughter chat, and Roseanne returns home with a plan.
#24 - The Thrilla Near the Vanilla Extract
Season 8 - Episode 12
Did someone say food fight? That's what Roseanne and Jackie's stint offering samples at a supermarket turns into when Jackie outsells her sister.
#25 - The Last Thursday in November
Season 8 - Episode 8
When D.J.'s teacher gives his students free rein, the class Thanksgiving pageant takes on a decidedly modern, Pulp Fiction twist-- and offends many of the parents, but not the Conners.